BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster

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BRP Can-Am Spyder Roadster
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Manufacturer Bombardier Recreational Products
Production September 2007—
Class Sport-touring/roadster
Engine BRP-Rotax 990 V-Twin EFI
Power 106 HP @ 8500 RPM[citation needed]
Torque 77 lb-ft @ 6250 RPM[citation needed]
Transmission 5-speed manual with reverse
5-Speed Sequential Electronic with Reverse
Suspension Front: 144mm double A-arm with anti-roll bar
Rear: swing-arm - 145mm monoshock
Brakes BRP foot-actuated, fully integrated hydraulic 3-wheel braking system
Front: 4 piston calipers with 10.2 in × 0.25 in (259.1 mm × 6.4 mm) disc
Rear: Single-piston caliper with 10.2 in × 0.25 in (259.1 mm × 6.4 mm) disc
Tires Front: KR21 165/65R14 on 14x5 rim
Rear: KR21 255/50R15 on 15x7 rim
Cast aluminum wheels
Wheelbase 68 in (1,700 mm)
Weight 699 lb (317 kg)[citation needed] (dry)

The Can-Am Spyder ("Spyder") is a three-wheeled motorcycle manufactured by Bombardier Recreational Products.[1] The vehicle has a single rear drive wheel and two wheels in front for steering, similar in layout to a modern snowmobile. The Spyder uses an ATV-like chassis. The manufacturer refers to it as a "roadster," but in technical terms it is more of what has been traditionally called a trike.

Vehicle history[edit]

2006

  • In December 2006, the first spy photo of the Can-Am Spyder was published online. The vehicle was spotted near Deal's Gap, NC on the "Tail of the Dragon" route.[2]

2007

  • On February 9, 2007, the Spyder was officially launched by BRP dealers, customers and media.[3]
  • In September, the first full-production Spyder from the assembly line in Valcourt, Québec was made.[4]
  • In October, Spyder serial number 001 was delivered to Jay Leno's garage in Burbank, California.[5]

Sales[edit]

By October 2007, approximately 2,500 units had been sold.[6] By May 2009, 12,500 Spyders (9,932 of them sold in the United States) had been manufactured.[7] Approximately 21 percent of its sales are to women.[8] In addition, some 27 percent of Spyder owners have never previously owned a motorcycle.[9]

Features[edit]

Customized Can-Am Spyder

The Spyder has traction and stability control, and antilock brakes.[10] In most US states the Spyder is licensed as a motorcycle. In California and Delaware only a regular driver's license is required—however, helmet laws apply in California as they do for all motorcyclists.

There is a luggage space under a "hood" at the front of the vehicle (known by riders as the "frunk") in addition to a rear trunk. Saddle bags,[11] top boxes and other accessories for the Spyder are also in existence.

The Spyder also has front and rear brakes which are both actuated by the same foot pedal, a reverse gear, power steering and an optional electric shift (clutchless) transmission.[12]

Models[edit]

There are three different types of Spyder.

The Spyder RS series is a sports version. The styling and seat position is more like a conventional sport bike

The Spyder ST series is a sports-touring hybrid version, with an upright seat and removable saddlebags. This could be compared to a Sport touring motorcycle

The Spyder RT series is a touring version, with integrated saddlebags and top case. This could be compared to a Touring motorcycle

All three types sport the front trunk, or "frunk".

Types of Transmission[edit]

Spyder SM5 The SM5 is a manual 5-speed transmission with the standard motorcycle left-foot-actuated shifter and left-hand-actuated clutch. It is a one-down-four-up system with real reverse.[10]

Spyder SE5 The SE5 is a semi-automatic transmission, which shifts sequentially 1-2-3-4-5 and 5-4-3-2-1. There is no foot shifter. Instead, a paddle-shifter located below the left hand-grip is used to up-shift and down-shift. Simply use your thumb to push the paddle forward to up-shift, and use your index finger to pull the paddle backward to down-shift. Note the Spyder's computer will automatically down-shift for you when the engine speed drops below 2,500 RPM. To engage Reverse, pull the paddle backward and press the R (Reverse) button.[13]

Reliability[edit]

BRP has recalled 9,932 of the 2008 and 2009 Can-Am Spyder for steering adjustments.[14]

In September 2013, a recall was announced for 2013 RT and ST models due to a possible fire hazard.

Specifications and options[edit]

Package SM5 Transmission SE5 Transmission
Frame/Platform Surrounding Spar Technology (SST) Surrounding Spar Technology (SST)
Suspension Front 144 mm 144 mm
Double A-Arm with Anti-Roll bar Double A-Arm with Anti-Roll bar
Power Steering Dynamic Power Steering (DPS) Dynamic Power Steering (DPS)
VSS ABS, TCS and SCS engineered with Bosch ABS, TCS and SCS engineered with Bosch
Transmission 5 Speed Manual with Reverse 5 Speed Sequential Electronic with Reverse
Drive Train Kevlar reinforced drive belt 28/79 final drive ratio Kevlar reinforced drive belt 28/79 final drive ratio
Instrumentation Dual Analog and LCD Dual Analog and LCD
Engine BRP-Rotax 990 V-Twin EFI BRP-Rotax 990 V-Twin EFI
106 HP @ 8500 RPM
77 lb-ft @ 6250 RPM[citation needed]
106 HP @ 8500 RPM
77 lb-ft @ 6250 RPM[citation needed]
2-into-1 exhaust system 2-into-1 exhaust system
Can-Am Spyder
Can-Am Spyder

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Can-Am Roadster". en-us.spyder.brp.com. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 
  2. ^ Mike Spinelli. "So That's What That Was: The Can-Am Spyder". jalopnik.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  3. ^ "More Than 350 Can-Am Spyder Owners Attend Inaugural Homecoming Event In Valcourt Quebec". aviationtoday.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  4. ^ Noel Mckeegan. "Three-wheeled Can-Am Spyder enters production phase". gizmag.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  5. ^ "2008 Can-Am Spyder Paradigm Shift". JayLenosGarage.com. Archived from the original on 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  6. ^ "Tricycles for adults target safety-conscious". usatoday.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Nearly 10,000 Can Am Spyders recalled over faulty steering". autoblog.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  8. ^ "REVIEW: Can-Am Spyder RS-S". womenridersnow.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  9. ^ Taylor III, Alex (2012-07-30). "Three-wheeled bikes for big boys". http://money.cnn.com. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  10. ^ a b "2008 Can-Am Spyder GS Roadster SM5". motorcycle-usa.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  11. ^ "May 1, 2009 Spyder Announcements THE R-35 RIGID SADDLEBAG KIT". spyder.brp.com. Retrieved 2009-07-31. 
  12. ^ "First Drive: 2008 BRP Can-Am Spyder - Previews". Car and Driver. February 2007. 
  13. ^ "2009 Can-Am Spyder SE5 First Ride". motorcycle-usa.com. Retrieved 31 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "Recalls Summary". odi.nhtsa.dot.gov. Retrieved 2 April 2012. 

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